When stepping off the bus after a long trip, all one my need is free transportation, a nice long shower, a hot meal, and some friendly conversation, if needed. Once the bus reaches Petra, one may be bombarded by a swarm of taxi drivers, and choppy English speakers.. The Universal meaning of taxi drivers, is one who takes your money! Now to save money, all you have to do is either online search for the Valentine phone number, or look up and through the taxi cab drivers, and see if you see a white mini van with Valentine Inn in red written down the side. If you do see this, then gold star for you! That means free transportation. & guess what? You just saved yourself 5 JD :) Congrats, now we're off to a good start. Once arriving at the Valentine Inn you have a few choices for room selections to meet your financial requirements. And now guess what; that 5 JD you saved on the cab fair, you can now put that on the Valentine Inn buffet, if you want the food to come to you, and not have to go and search for food.. I prefer the food to come to me, especially after the long road trip to Wadi Mousa. Also to make things easier and cheaper for all travelers, the Hotel also offer accommodations in their special tour packages such as Kings Way Trip, Wadi Rum Tour, and free transportation to and from Petra. All the free transportation the Hotel provides saves guest at least 20 JD at minimum. Once checking into the Hotel, one can't help but to notice the wide selection of Spirits (Liquor) stocked behind the clerk, to help one wind down the evening after a long day. The staff works long hours, to make sure their guest are well taken care of to bring you the ultimate experience of Wadi Mousa.
Do not go there
This place is really terrible. Is dirty and full of dust. There is floor cover everywhere and carpets on the wall and even on the celing. The fantastic word on dust mites....The staff is really impolite and rude, is almost an advenure making an hot shower because the turn on the hot-water hiter only at 17,00 and untill 18,30 there is not hot water in the room. Carpe diem...you must take a shower exactly and this time because after that the turn off again the hiter and water become cold again.
This is not realy confortable after a long walk in Petra, in particular during the winter time.
The food is always the same but the really problem is find a place to eat him. The don't have sufficent space inside the hotel to sit everyone, the communal space is restricted at one 15 mq room with a table for 10 people. When you can eat outside you should eat sitted on the floor.
I could go on....but I dont'n have time...so I just suggest not to go in this ugly place
This is the main backpacker hangout in Wadi Musa. It is only a 2 minute walk from the Shaheed Roundabout at the top of the hill (about 5 mins from bus station). There is an amazing view of the valley from the balcony of the Valentine. The dorm rooms have good beds, but the rooms are quite cramped. There are though 2 shower/toilets in the dorm room. I can highly recommend the buffet dinner here. It will save you a lot of money (the restaurants in Wadi Musa are bad and very expensive) and there is a big selection.
They can also organise onward travel for you to Wadi Rum, Aqaba or Amman.
I haven't stayed here but I know one or two other VTers seem to have.
Here's the weird thing: I looked for a photograph of it on the internet and came across several entries where people are claiming that the hotel owner runs a scam.
I met the owner and a few minutes of chit-chatting can't attest either way, but he seemed nice enough.
It's located a few minutes in town (Wadi Musa) up on a hill overlooking Petra in the distance. Actually I think the view at night is the one worth seeing - the twinkling stars overhead and in the distance, Petra...
The patio was decorated in a charming beduoin style and meals are served there as well.
I didn't have time to actually see a room, but judging by the rest of the place, the rooms should be clean and comfortable.
Directions: Wadi Musa, up the hill from Petra National Park
Bedouin Tent - A place for relaxing
The tent is set up right outside the hotel. It serves meals in the evenings, whilst during the day, you are free to stay there. It is a good place to see the sunset.
A Terrific Place With a Terrible Rap
We started hearing rumors about this place as far away as northern Syria. I'll get to those stories in a bit.
We stayed in Petra for a week, met many people, saw where they were staying, compared notes -- and are _certain_ this is the best place to stay!
For one thing, Petra is physically demanding -- if you make the trek through the Siq every day and climb to the High Place of Sacrifice or the "Monastery," etc., explore the less trodden paths, and drag yourself up into various caves -- by the time you get back to your digs, you're ravenous and dead tired.
If you stay at Valentine's, you'll get picked up near the entrance in a brand new, luxurious microbus, enjoy a beer while admiring a very fine view, and then gorge yourself from an indescribably massive buffet at a rock bottom price (beneath rock bottom if you opt to skip the meat). The atmosphere is _quite_ convivial!
Unique Quality: The staff is helpful, the place is clean, the view is great, there's a "house of hair" (traditional tent) outside, there are movies (_Indiana Jones_ and _Lawrence of Arabia_ far too often, of course), and it's just great fun! They will also arrange tours for you -- and that might include introducing you to Zeidane, a Bedouin who offers the best experience at Wadi Rum.
Okay -- the rumors. Someone we made friends with on the road, telling us to stay here, said pretty much what I've said -- and then added, "well, you'll hear things..." Like what? "Oh, nothing serious, just stuff about getting raped."
Indeed -- you'll find comments like this on the Internet, and _Lonely Planet_ has not been fond of Valentine's either. These seem to be vicious stories started by a competing hotel -- and the competition is fierce, to say the least. We heard nothing like this that wasn't third or fourth hand, the staff was very nice, elegant and charming Valentina presides over the scene and would hardly condone any rapin', and everyone who's stayed there was delighted -- so look at it this way; "at Avis, they try harder." With its undeserved shady reputation, it does seem that this hostel/hotel is very determined to offer great accomodations, posting notes about fixing _any_ problem in terms that come close to begging everywhere. Go for it!
Directions: Another reason for the bad rap -- Valentine's doesn't pay commission to drivers. _Demand_ to be taken there... you may be forced to see three or four other places along the way.
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Valentine Hotel Petra / Wadi Musa
Address: Alzuhoor Str., PO Box 205, Petra / Wadi Musa, 00962, Jordan
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Amenities at Valentine Inn
- Shuttle Service
- Room Service
- Free Parking
- Kids Activities
- Free High Speed Internet
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